President Muhammadu Buhari has informed US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, that move had been initiated with international organisations to secure release of hundreds of schoolgirls captured by Boko Haram terrorists.
The move as said, was to secure released of 110 schoolgirls who were recently captured by Boko Haram in Dapchi, Yobe State, as well as remaining girls of 200 girls that abducted from a school in Chibok, Borno State in 2014.
Speaking to Tillerson who was briefed visit to Nigeria, Buhari said that Nigerians prefers to have the schoolgirls back alive, and that it reason his administration chose to negotiate, rather than military option.
“We are trying to be careful. It is better to get our daughters back alive,” the President said.
Commending American government for assistance rendered in the fight against insurgency, Buhari promised that his administration would continue to do its best to secure the country, adding that, he would be in Yobe State, from where Dapchi schoolgirls were abducted, in coming week, as part of my condolence and sympathy visits to areas where we have had unfortunate events.”
“Nigerian forces are good, “but need assistance in the areas of training and equipment.”
However, he pledged free and fair polls in 2019, recalling that the then American Secretary of State, John Kerry, had visited before the 2015 polls, “and he told the party in government then, and those of us in opposition, to ensure electoral affairs were well conducted.
Oh his part, the Secretary of State commended Buhari on his strides in anti-corruption war, with indication that monies recovered were being invested on development of infrastructure.
Tillerson said that Nigeria was a very important country to the U.S, and that the world powerful country would continue to support against challenges.
“We will also support opportunities to expand the economy, commercial investments, and peaceful polls in 2019.”